Mario Joins Meatless Monday Movement
|Come Monday, just say no.|
"The fact is, most people in the U.S. eat way more meat than is good for them or the planet," says Batali.
"Asking everyone to go vegetarian or vegan isn't a realistic or attainable goal. But we can focus on a more plant-based diet, and support the farmers who raise their animals humanely and sustainably. That's why I'm such a big believer in the Meatless Monday movement."
So are other Meatless Monday movement members: Michael Pollan, Al Gore, Sir Paul McCartney, Simon Cowell, Gwyneth Paltrow, the Baltimore Public School System, nearly 30 college campuses, 100 blogs (make that 101), and eight international programs spanning from Brazil to Taiwan. Meatless Monday is a non-profit backed by The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The goal is to reduce America's meat consumption by 15 percent.
I don't see many chefs or restaurants on that list -- local or otherwise. And I certainly don't see the Miami-Dade Public School System listed. How about it? Doesn't appear to cost any money to join, and in doing so surely the odds of getting Gwyneth Paltrow's autograph will greatly increase.